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body finally claimed by his family. his parents are demanding an independent autopsy, and there is controversy about where the body should be buried so let's go straight away right now to cnn's jason carroll who is live in cambridge, massachusetts, with the latest. good morning, jason. >> good morning to you, john. we are live outside of tsarnaev's apartment. and what we're learning, as you are learning, is not only disturbing, it's also insightful. the original plan was not to detonate these bombs on patriots day. the original plan was to detonate the bombs on independence day. a u.s. law enforcement official tells cnn the tsarnaev brothers initially considered a suicide attack during the fourth of july celebration, when boston's charles river esplanade is typically packed with spectators for an open-air concert and fireworks. all of this according to dzhokhar tsarnaev who told investigators they moved up the
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date to the boston marathon because the bombs were ready sooner than expected. bombs tsarnaev says, built in the very home his older brother tamerlan shared with his wife and child. late thursday, a van believed to be carrying tamerlan's body, transferred it to a funeral home outside boston. all this as investigators continue to focus on his widow, katherine russell. yet it is unclear what, if anything, russell may have known or suspected. russell's attorney says she continues to cooperate with authorities. and authorities also have more questions for dzhokhar tsarnaev's three friends from the university of massachusetts dartmouth, now facing charges of obstructing justice, and lying to authorities. one of whom led authorities to tsarnaev's laptop, which could provide more clues. and as the investigation continues, so, too, does the recovery for victims. like mark, who lost a leg in the bombing. the other leg shattered. his arms riddled with shrapnel. >> i was scared because it was dark.
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i thought i was dead. i thought it was over. >> reporter: he says he draws strength every day from a photo of his 5-year-old son. >> stuck me with another needle or they cut me or they did something, when everything change, i look at that picture. that's what got me through it. >> and john, since the bombs were ready early, the bombs they had made here at their apartment they just decided to move up the date of the attack. but regardless, whatever the decision was made, to move up the attack, on whatever holiday, it was still very much a deadly attack. >> it was a deadly, awful attack on the boston marathon. the fourth of july on the esplanade there for the boston pops concert, about 100,000 people, maybe more, packed in very tight quarters there. that could have been deadly, perhaps even worse. we're following developments in southern california where a wildfire burning out of control. that fire in ventura county is being fueled by heat, dry conditions, high winds, 8,000
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acres have already burned. these flames threatening some 2,000 homes, forcing people in camarillo and nearby communities to evacuate. stephanie elam is live in ventura county for us. what's the situation there? >> well right now, things have been pretty calm. the winds got calm, christine. and earlier overnight we've been out here for a few hours the entire hillside behind me was engulfed in flames. just right now we're going to pan up to show you there are some flames that are just cresting on the hillside right above us. this is interesting because previously these flames were heading south. the winds changed and now they're heading north. but with seven fires burning throughout california over the last couple of days, this is definitely putting a tax on resources. >> came -- >> reporter: high winds, soaring temperatures and dry brush are giving california fire season an early start. wildfires across the state are churning toward home, keeping hundreds of firefighters busy, and residents on edge.
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>> stay until i know that my house is still here. >> as long as our family and our dogs are safe we can get through this. >> reporter: fire sprouted up in four southern california counties over the last couple of days. two of the fires were contained quickly. >> we staffed up several weeks ago. we brought on air tankers, hired seasonal firefighters. what it bodes for us is what the rest of the year is going to be look and are we going to wear people out. that's the bigger question. >> reporter: but as firefighters were getting a handle on the summit fire burning about 25 miles west of palm springs a blaze in ventura county began to spread quickly, on 25-mile-per-hour winds. erupting between the 101 freeway and the pacific ocean north of malibu, the so-called spring fire charred about 6500 acres in just five hours. >> now we're getting those hot, long days, winds, and the low humidities, and this stuff is just ripe and ready to burn. >> reporter: it's the number of active fires, including three burning in northern california,
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that's making this outbreak unusual. >> we don't see this type of activity usually until august, september. >> reporter: in the wake of the summit fire, one man is dealing with immeasurable loss. his mother, who bought this home in 1973, passed away just one month ago. >> thank god i wasn't in the house when it happened. thank god i was able to get my dog out, and my mom was watching over me. and so are the neighbors that are around. >> now, unfortunately that man was the only one who lost his home in the fire down there, the summit fire. which is obviously good news on one level, because now they can say that they have the fire 55% contained. it burned about 3,000 acres. here in ventura county, where i am, some 140 miles away, as you can see from the flames that we showed you, the fire continues to burn strong. they say it's only about 10% contained. we're going to keep our eyes on this flame to see if it marches down towards us. we are standing off the side of the pacific coast highway. the flames have already jumped over the highway and just burned
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out into the pacific ocean here to my left. we're going to see if that continues to happen here. back to you. >> stephanie elam for us. >> a little earlier there were flames literally right behind her there. we want to bring in "los angeles times" staff writer katherine salient who has not only been covering this she's part of it. her home is in newberry park that was evacuated yesterday. she took these photographs as she was covering the story just moments after she and her daughter finished packing their own personal belongings. she joins us right now from our los angeles bureau. i should ask you, we have some pictures of your house that you sent us. how's everything right now? >> everything is okay. the winds died down late last night. and the fire moved more to the west toward the ocean. and luckily the winds have not picked up again, so we're keeping our fingers crossed for today. although it's supposed to be in the 90s again today with some
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gusty winds. >> you weren't home when news of the fire broke, so where were you, and what was your reaction? it must be interesting to be a reporter, and also be part of the story. >> that's so true. this is one of those days when my real life and my work life collided. i was in downtown los angeles getting to do -- starting a regular day of work when i saw on the tv screen that my home was in the evacuation zone for this fire. so i jumped into my car and raced home, which took about an hour, and during that time my daughter was calling me panicked saying, mom, this fire is getting close, when are you going to be here? we have three cats at home. she put them all in carriers, and by the time i turned up my drive, all of my neighbors were packing their bags, getting ready to go. so, i gave my daughter a hug, went over, and started packing up our own photographs, and important documents.
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and got taylor calmed down, gave her a hug, and then when everything was stabilized i knew what i needed to do next, which was to go start reporting. this was my community in danger. and i knew how to tell the story. >> sounds like your daughter is pretty on the ball, too, good for her to get everything ready for you there. what are fire officials telling you about how things might go today and when you might be able to get back in your home? >> the evacuation orders were lifted late last night. so we're able to get back into our homes. a lot of people didn't evacuate anyway. so that's not a problem today. but, we are going to have, again, tinder-dry conditions and hot conditions. that's never good in terms of fire. and even after fire passes over a certain area, there are hot spots that can flare up again. and that's certainly what i'll be looking for today around my neighborhood, because the hill
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sides are all blackened. it looks like a moonscape today. and also monitoring developments for my paper. >> we are looking at just amazing pictures. catherine saillant, our thanks to you. best to you, your daughter and all your neighbors as well. >> thanks so much. >> what will the weather today bring? those hot, dry, gusting winds are fueling these fast-moving wildfires, threatening so many homes out there in california. let's bring in jennifer delgado live in the cnn weather center. what can firefighters expect out there today? >> we're really going to start to see those winds picking up as we go to about 5:00, 6:00 hour in the morning and we're going to see some wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour. anywhere you're seeing in the pink shading that is the area under the red flag warning. that includes parts of, of course, southern california. but as we go through the morning, again you can kind of see how those winds are going to pick up. for santa clarita, 26, 27 by 8:00 a.m. as we go late in the morning into the early afternoon, those winds will eventually start to
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subside but the red flag warnings will be in place as we go until 5:00. keep in mind it's going to be hot out there. we are checking high temperatures in the 90s. and relative humidity values down to about two. so that is just really pretty just incredible. looking at the rain, down throughout parts of florida, flooding there, and the rain has been coming down. look for video coming out of fort lauderdale from yesterday. keep in mind you're seeing people driving through flooded streets. a very dangerous situation, and people were getting around in little canoes. but the problem is, more rain is on the way. you see it on the radar, as we go through the next couple of days. maybe if you're going to florida this weekend, it's a bad weekend to go. look at those totals for daytona beach, jacksonville. ten or more inches of rainfall. this is going to lead to extreme flooding across the area. we're also looking at flooding setting up for parts of the midwest where they are still trying to recover from the flooding from last week. rivers right along mississippi river, levels are still at moderate to major flood stage.
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>> all right. jennifer delgado, thank you so much. trying to see if i see my hometown where it was so dry last year and this year. new this morning, emergency crews in louisiana working frontically to keep a second oil storage tank from exploding. a nearby tank already erupted into flames. this is in denim springs. some 30 homes have been evacuated. no word yet on what caused that explosion. new developments in the north korea standoff. a report from the pentagon says north korea will eventually have a long-range ballistic missile that can deliver nuclear weapons to the united states. the annual report to lawmakers cites the north's advances in ballistic missile systems as well as development in nuclear technology. it calls north korea one of the biggest threats to the united states because of its willingness to undertake provocative behavior. the sister of a u.s. citizen who's been sentenced to 15 years hard labor in a north korean labor camp is defending her brother. north korea's state news agency says kenneth bae is guilty of hostile acts against the
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pyongyang regg each. his sister terri chung says her brother shouldn't be used as a political pawn. >> we just prayed and asked for leaders of both nations to please just see him as one man, caught in between and just ask that he be allowed to come home. >> chung says her brother owns a travel agency. he was in north korea on business. she claims he visited north korea five times without incident last year before he was arrested in november . we're learning more about a man who opened fire near a ticket counter at houston's bush intercontinental airport. he's been ideaed as 29-year-old carnell moore. officials say he fired shots into the air yesterday sending everyone ducking for cover before a federal agent confronted him. the agent then reportedly shot moore at the very same time the suspect was shooting himself in the head. >> there was two shots about six
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or seven second delay and two more and then the final one. a bunch of screaming, people running. >> a tsa agent told us we should get down and we made our way to the back and exited the elevator down. >> moore left behind a suicide note indicating he was struggling with, quote, a monster inside. for the very first time there's a woman on the fbi's most wanted terrorist list. 65-year-old joann chesimard, also known as assata shakur was convicted in the 1973 murder of a new jersey state trooper. she escaped from prison in 1979 and has been living under political asylum in cuba where the fbi says she has been receiving vip treatment. in our next hour we'll bring you a live update from cnn's patrick oppmann in havana. wall street will be watching very closely, so will christine when the april jobs report is released in just over an hour. economists surveyed by cnn money predict that 140,000 jobs were added in april. they're forecasting the unemployment rate will hold
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steady at 7.6%. the labor department releases their report at 8:30 eastern time and as i said christine romans champing at the bit to break it all down and tell you what it all means. we will bring that to you as it breaks at 8:30. >> nothing is more exciting on a friday than a bunch of papers from the labor department. evan nielsen's pickup truck has seen better days. this is what a california man found behind the wheel. he broke out his cell phone to report the whole thing. he says he felt safe since the bear somehow got locked inside with the windows rolled up. >> at one point he had both hands up on the steering wheel. was honking the horn with his snout. and pretty amusing for awhile. >> amusing for awhile. he eventually called police. an officer opened the truck door and the bear raced back into the woods. >> a bear with road rage. can you see the steering wheel? it's all mauled. >> just looking for some chicken nuggets between the seats. ahead on "starting point,"
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president obama heading to costa rica today with what leaders there hope the u.s. will do about drug trafficking. that's next. >> and ease lost 100 pounds, and kept it off. what can he do about tim tebow? head coach rex ryan from the jets. he's here live with how he did it. and we'll ask him the burning questions about the tebow era, as well. ow which one to use. i tell them to use the brand i use. oral-b -- the brush originally created by a dentist. trust the brand more dentists and hygienists use. oral-b. and hygienists use. we are gathered here today to celebrate the union of tim and laura. it's amazing how appreciative people are when you tell them they could save a lot of money on their car insurance by switching to geico...they may even make you their best man. may i have the rings please? ah, helzberg diamonds. nice choice, mate. ...and now in the presence of these guests we join this loving couple. oh dear... geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.
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president obama is on the road this morning. he begins his day in mexico city where he'll meet with college students as well as mexican entrepreneurs. >> then it's off to costa rica for a meeting with central american leaders. cnn's brianna keilar is with the president in mexico city. good morning, brienne in >> good morning, john and christine. after landing in mexico yesterday, president obama met with the new president of mexico enrique pena nieto who took office in december. this was their second meeting. in a joint news conference, the two men emphasized economic ties between the u.s. and mexico.
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they promised cooperation on fighting drug related violence. even as penna nieto has made clear that he wants to usher in a new era of u.s. officials being more restricted in how they operate in exco. of course the debate in the u.s. of overhauling the immigration system is of so much importance to mexicans, also very important domestically to americans and president obama talked about that saying there's an economic imperative to tackling reform. >> i think it's important for everybody to remember that our shared border is more secure than it's been in years. illegal immigration attempts in the united states are near their lowest level in decades. and legal immigration continues to make both of our countries stronger and more prosperous, and more competitive. and this in part reflects the economic progress and greater opportunities here in mexico. i think this progress should help inform the debate in the united states, and i'm optimistic that we're finally going to get comprehensive immigration reform passed.
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>> president obama will deliver a speech here this morning and meet with mexican entrepreneurs and then it's to his second and final stomp on this mini-tour that he's doing of latin america. he'll be going to san jose, costa rica. there he'll join a summit of heads of state from central american nations as well as the dominican republic. a top concern for those leaders, american assistance in their fight against drug trafficking and organized crime in a region that has become a narco corridor for drugs heading to the u.s. john and christine? >> all right, brianna keilar, thanks so much. we look forward to more reports as the president's trip conditions. the march jobs report was pretty bleak. so what will april bring? we're about to find out in a little more than one hour. we're going to give you a preview.
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let's get ready to bundle and save. now, that's progressive. oh, i think i broke my spleen! welcome back to "starting point," i'm christine romans, "minding your business." just about an hour away the biggest economic report of all and it affects your money because it affects your job. the april jobs report, 140,000 jobs were likely created. 7.6% unemployment. but with manufacturing slowing and forced spending cuts in effect others are expecting it to be worse. stock futures holding steady in anticipation. the 15-year mortgage rate record low 2.56%. the 30-year rate, pretty cles to
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a record low, as well. even if you're not refinancing or buying this affects you because low rates bring in new buyers, boost home value and that can help people who are under water on their mortgage. house flipping is back. i'm not kidding. house flipping. realty track says these are the best places to flip a house. number one orlando where the average profit is 68%. that's about $65,000 profit. also on this list, las vegas. phoenix. tampa. you see the common denominator? these are states and cities that top the list of foreclosure during the housing crisis. that has created a buying opportunity for investors. a lot of cash purchases there. i'll tell you another interesting story this week. the so-called pocket listings are back in some of the very hot markets. that means they don't list the house to everyone. they list it to the people who got cash or a lot of money just ready to buy. another sign that in some markets, not everywhere, but in some markets real estate is hot again. >> good news. if you've got a bunch of cash in
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your pocket. ahead on "starting point," the prosecution called her a cold-blooded killer. today the defense begins its closing arguments to try and save jodi arias' life. what we can expect, next. then after the boston bombings, security is increased around the country. we're live at the kentucky derby with its plans to keep visitors safe. >> and you are going to want to see this. brand-new dash cam video showing the moment that reese witherspoon was arrested. what she said, and did. and forced a police officer to put her into handcuffs. this is ugly. you're watching. >> do you know my name? oh, boy. [ groans ] ♪ ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪
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welcome back to "starting point" everyone, i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. by the end of the day, jurors in the jodi arias murder trial will finally be ready to deliberate. prosecutors in their closing
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yesterday painted a very different picture of this defendant. cnn's ted rowlands will be in the courtroom today. he's live in phoenix. good morning, ted. >> good morning, christine. the prosecutor in this case, juan martinez, took nearly four hours for his closing argument. he depicted jodi arias as a compulsive liar who carefully planned the murder of her ex-boyfriend. >> absolutely without a shadow of a doubt she's a liar. >> reporter: jodi arias broke down listening to prosecutor juan martinez methodically lay out his closing argument that she is a cold-blooded killer who premeditated the murder of her ex-boyfriend, travis alexander. >> she knew, she absolutely knew, and had already planned it. she knew she was going to kill him. >> reporter: martinez told jurors that in 2008, arias drove from northern california to alexander's home in mesa, arizona, armed with a knife and a stolen gun she took from her grandparents.
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she used cans of gasoline to refuel her car, and turned off her cell phone to avoid leaving a trail. >> she knew that she was coming to kill him. >> reporter: family members openly wept as martinez, using graphic photos from the crime scene, detailed how he says arias brutally stabbed alexander almost 30 times, and shot him in the head. at one point, martinez noticed that arias was also crying. >> she may cry now. but the jury instructions have told you that sympathy is not to be considered in this particular case. >> reporter: arias, who originally told police she wasn't there, testified that she killed alexander in self-defense. martinez told jurors not to believe a word she said on the witness stand. >> she's acting the part. and she's lying. she's making it all up. she has lied to everybody. >> reporter: the defense will have its chance when court
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resumes here later this morning. they will argue that jodi arias was a victim of domestic violence and acted in self-defense. >> ted rowlands, thanks. >> the question now is what key points does jodi arias' defense team need to make? how much damage control do they need to do? criminal defense attorney dwayne case is joining us where the trial is winding down. let me start with the prosecution first. prosecutor juan martinez. he seemed to be making the case again and again and again, jodi arias lied. she lied. she lied to you. how effective do you think he was? >> well, juan martinez is a very accomplished lawyer. that was a very good closing argument that he did yesterday. i mean, you can't deny the fact that it was actually brilliant. however, the defense gets their chance today. >> and what do you think they're going to have to do, the defense today, to change, i guess to change the tone set by what many say was a pretty successful closing argument yesterday?
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>> heat of passion, sudden quarrel. heat of passion, sudden quarrel. that's what they've got to show. heat of passion, sudden quarrel gets them out of first degree murder and gets them second degree murder. it could get them manslaughter. and could even possibly get them self-defense. now nobody really thinks that jodi arias is going to get acquitted in this case. but they're trying to save her life. they're hoping for second degree murder. or manslaughter. and they would take first degree murder with no death penalty. but that's what's going to get it there. a sudden quarrel. and you know, who steals a gun, travels 1,000 miles, shows up and then gets in a hand-to-hand combat with somebody when they have a gun? that would be my argument. is that this was a sudden -- a sudden fight that they got into. and jodi killed him in that fight. >> but seems as though juan martinez has maybe anticipated that that's what they'll try to do. he was trying to lay out look, she drove 1,000 miles.
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she fills up her gas tank with cans of gas, rather than stop at a gas station. she turned off her cell phone. this is a woman who was planning something. heat of passion, sudden quarrel, why do you try to cover up the trip in the first place? >> well, you know, there's always two ways to look at something. if i held up a quarter and describes it to you, we would describe different things. id i'd be looking at tails, you'd be looks at heads. but we'd be looking at the same thing. there's different ways to interpret evidence. they're going to give them an alternative way to look at the evidence they have in this case. >> they're going to have to. the defense makes its closing arguments. dwane cates. >> has this been the longest, salacious trial? >> it's a long trail. she was on the stand for 18 days. but it's fascinating. >> now the boston marathon terror investigation, major new developments this morning. a law enforcement source tells cnn the fourth of july was the original target date of that attack. dzhokhar tsarnaev saying the
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date was moved up to april because the bombs were ready earlier than they expected. and we've learned the bombs were allegedly built by the brothers in tamerlan tsarnaev's apartment. also new this morning, tsarnaev's body has been claimed by his uncle and sisters who plan an independent autopsy. >> it will be a mix of the old and the new at this year's kentucky derby. of course there will be the horses and the big traditional hats, and those refreshing mint jul juleps. but in the wake of the boston terror attacks, this year's kentucky derby will also feature much, much tighter security. our pamela brown, who knows a thing or two about the kentucky derby, is in louisville this morning. good morning, pamela. >> good morning to you, john. that's right. i'm from kentucky. usually all the talk right before the derby is about fashion. which horse is the favorite. this year, on the front page of the courier journal, louisville's main newspaper, it's all about tightened security measures. officials have only had a few weeks to put new security measures into place in the wake of the boston bombing.
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they're scrambling to get the word out to people. they want to make sure the only headline that comes out of the run for the roses is who won and who lost. it's one of horse racing's biggest events. the first of the triple crown races. the place to see and be seen. but this year's kentucky derby is happening just weeks after the boston bombings. security at churchill downs now understandably tightened. >> the marathon bombing occurred and we were on the phone immediately with our law enforcement partners and had meetings the next day. we had to move really quickly if we were going to make any changes, if changes were warranted we had to get the word out pretty quickly. >> reporter: changes were made. in addition to the ban on backpacks in place since 9/11 the new security restrictions include no camcorders, cans or coolers of any size. and women with purses larger than 12 inches will have to leave them at home for the big races.
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and the estimated 160,000 people going through the gates can expect to have more thorough bag inspections, and magnetic wand searches. >> we hope not a single person that gets to the gate is surprised and trying to bring in something not allowed. >> 1200 federal, state and local officers were also be out in force, an increase of about 100 since the bombing. >> basically just areas of command. >> reporter: but major kelly jones says they're relying on alert spectators to report anything suspicious. >> we get used to things sometimes, and so what we've learned is, folks have got to be vigilant. we've got to be vigilant. people have to be the eyes and ears of this community. >> reporter: that message seems to be getting through. >> i know if i see something i'm going to say something. probably more so now than ever before. >> reporter: for others it's still all about the derby. >> this is an event that everybody wants to experience, that they look forward to every year, and just to come out and have a good time, the mint juleps. i don't think it's going to be a
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concern at all. >> we just walked around churchill downs here and we saw several security guards, they are gearing up for the oaks today. it's the big race before the kerrby tomorrow so it's a trial run with these new security measures, leading up to tomorrow. >> all right. pamela brown for us inside churchill downs. great to see you. thank you. >> she's been covering security in boston and the investigation in boston now. she's in kentucky, so she's gone from -- >> both sides of it. secretary of state john kerry will be on hand at an event in washington honoring the four u.s. embassy workers killed last september in benghazi, libya. a senior u.s. law enforcement official tells cnn three or four members of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula took part in the benghazi attack. another source says the men they have been sent by the terrorist group to specifically carry out that attack. new developments in the search for the killer of 8-year-old leila fowler. investigators in calaveras
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county, california, say a neighbor who reported feeling a man run from fowler's home around the time she was killed has recanted her story. the little girl was found murdered in her home on saturday. investigators have reportedly collected fingerprints and other dna evidence from the crime scene. rhode island now the tenth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. governor lincoln chafee signed a bill giving same-sex couples the right to wed thursday after the state legislature approved the measure. rhode island joins connecticut, iowa, maine, maryland, massachusetts, new hampshire, new york, vermont, washington state, and the district of columbia. and new york city an important milestone for one world trade center, also known as the freedom tower. yesterday workers raised the final two pieces of the tower's 408 foot spire high above the city. the spire is being held on a temporary platform. it will be installed by iron workers at a later date. when the work is complete one world trade center will stand at 1776 feet. making it the tallest building in the western hemisphere. >> can you imagine being an iron worker all the way up there, just boughting that thing in.
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>> so calm, so casual. >> ahead on "starting point," reese witherspoon learns the hard way that you really do need to obey the police during a traffic stop. her infamous arrest caught on dash cam video and we have all the highlights next. then the jets let go of tim tebow this week. so what is next for gang green? coach rex ryan joins us next. there he is. >> look at how slim and trim. >> looking good. introducing new febreze stick & refresh with command strips from 3m. designed to stick and eliminate odors anywhere.
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welcome back to "starting point." regrets. actress reese witherspoon regrets -- she's got a few regrets. >> that's the least of her problems right now. she went off on an atlanta police officer last month after her husband was charged with dui and getting her self arrested for disorderly conduct. she's publicly apologized for her actions but that comes just as the new video of the arrest has gone viral in all of its dash cam glory. our zoraida sambolin has more. >> hollywood golden girl reese
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witherspoon is accustomed to the spot light. but since her arrest last month she's dodged public appearances. >> all i can say is i just panicked. >> reporter: that is until her very public apologies on good morning america thursday. >> it's one of those nights. we went out to dinner in atlanta. we had one too many glasses of wine. we thought we were fine to drive and we absolutely were not. and it's just completely unacceptable and we are so sorry. and embarrassed. and we know better. >> witherspoon's contrite appearance came just hours before police dash board video, showing her contentious arrest, was posted by the website tmz. >> i'm a u.s. citizen i'm allowed to stand on american ground and ask any question i want to ask. >> go ahead. >> you better not arrest me. are you kidding me? >> nope. >> i told you -- >> i'm an american citizen. >> i told you to get in that car and stay in there, didn't i? >> witherspoon's husband was shown being arrested for driving under the influence, tries to quiet her without success.
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>> reese can you please calm down. >> i have to obey your orders? >> yes, you do. >> i do not. >> seemingly unable to deter the officer from taking her into custody, witherspoon takes a different line of approach. >> i'm now being arrested and handcuffed? >> yep. >> do you know my name, sir? >> don't need to know it. >> you don't need to know my name? >> not quite yet. >> oh, really, okay? you're about to find out who i am. >> that's fine i'm not real worried about you, ma'am. >> perhaps that's what witherspoon meant by embarrassing. her explanation? >> i have no idea what i was saying that night. when i saw him arresting my husband and i literally panicked. and i said all kinds of crazy things. >> adding -- >> it was so disrespectful to him. and i have police officers in my family. i work with police officers every day. i know better. and it's just unacceptable. >> when asked about what she learned from the incident, witherspoon wrapped up her damage control interview with a touch of humor. >> when a police officer tells you to stay in the car, you stay in the car. i learned that for sure.
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>> zoraida sambolin, cnn, new york. >> and i don't understand why celebrities get arrested for that? why don't you just hire a car? maybe if you've had one too many. >> you're about to find out who i am. >> oh. >> yikes. sounds worse when you hear it for real. >> i know. anthony bourdain heads to canada this sunday where he smokes cuban cigars in an ice shack and eats a surprising delicacy for the first time. here's a sneak preview of anthony bourdain's "parts unknown." >> we're in a wooden shack, over three feet of water. you are hopeless romantics, gentlemen. oh, jesus, look at that. it is perched atop an ethereal suspension of inspired potato puree. of course -- >> this is from the reynaud vineyard. >> nice. >> that is wonderful. >> it really is.
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is there a billionaire or anyone on earth who at this precise moment is eating better than us? >> no. >> no. look at that. cheese. there must be cheese. in this case a voluptuously etoise. some outdoorsmen might call overripe but not us. this is awesome. >> what do you have here? >> a few cubans. >> wait a minute. you guys have a much more relaxed attitude towards the importation of cuban cigars. chartreuse, of course, and a dessert as rare as it gets, a dinosaur monster long believed extinct. who does this? >> no one. >> it's one of those like painful nostalgic things. >> layers of almond, and hazel nut meringue, chocolate butter cream. look at that.
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that's good. for these guys, this is normal. this is lunch. >> making me hungry. >> he has the best job at cnn. >> the best job ever. >> please watch anthony bourdain "parts unknown" sunday at 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. meanwhile, ahead on "starting point," jets head coach rex ryan. he lost 100 pounds. incredible. even better, he kept it off. he's here live to tell us how he did it. plus, of course, we are going to get to the drama surrounding tim tebow's release. don't turn around. don't turn around. keep coming. you're watching "starting point." i'm telling you right now, the girl back at home would absolutely not have taken a zip line in the jungle. i'm really glad that girl stayed at home. vo: expedia helps 30 million travelers a month find what they're looking for. one traveler at a time. expedia. find yours.
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call him coach, call him rex. one thing you can't call him anymore, fat. >> he lost an amazing 115 pounds and counting in the last year, and he credits his life saving weight loss to lap-band surgery. we are fascinated by the lap-band surgery. but we're really fascinated by tim tebow and the decision to let him go. you have to tell us, give us the
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back story. what happened there? >> really, it was just an unfortunate thing. it never worked out for tim certainly, never worked out for us, and as an organization. ultimately it falls on me. never got done and that's my responsibility, so at the end of the take when we bring in. draft eed geno smith, we wantedo have the quarterback competition, but in all fairness, right now we have five quarterbacks and i think that's enough. >> if you had to do it all over again, you wish it never happened. never traded for tebow? >> obviously with the benefit of hindsight, that's true. but i think, you know, i had a wish, the team had a vision for what tim could bring to us, competition is the other, we thought we could use him in a lot of different ways, never worked out. >> would you pet he could start
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as an nfl quarterback somewhere? >> i am not going to say that. will say this about tim. he's about as competitive as a guy, and a terrific young man. >> no bad blood? >> no. none whatsoever. like said, it falls on me for not finding that -- the right solution. >> jason collins, coming out in "sports illustrated" as gay. i wanted to -- an atlanta falcons quarterback said this. and i wanted to get your thoughts. >> sports and sexuality is not a combination. the world is making a combination for whatever reason. i don't want to teach my kids those things. i teach my kids god, how to live his life. >> is the country ready for a
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gay nfl player? >> i had say this for the jets, for myself, i will be open to having any player that is a good teammate and can help us be successful on the field. that's what i would be open for. >> would it make things difficult in the locker room? >> again, you know, i don't believe so. i think, you know if a guy is a good teammate and he's, you know -- he can help you, i think that's the most important thing. >> let's talk about you. you look terrific. >> thank you. >> when did you have the surgery? >> i had the surgery done a couple of years ago. last year when i came here, i lost 100 pounds. i never really wanted to go into the lap-band and tell people the benefits until i reached the 100-pound milestone. the great thing about the lap-band compared to other procedures. you will lose weight on any of these surgical procedures you have, whether it's the sleeve, gastric bypass. but with lap-band, the
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difference, have yyou have more sustainable success. i think what i proved this year, i lost 100 pounds, but i lost 15 more pounds to go with it i actually lost 15 more pounds. it really works. there is no question about it. >> blood pressure -- best blood pressure of your life. >> since i was like ten years old. >> feel great? >> i feel fantastic. >> last year, you said can have success and money, it doesn't mean anything if you don't have health. >> give us one piece of advice, besides counting on surgeons and the doctors. what is one piece of advice to getting your mind in the right place to do this? >> i think first off with anybody who has been morbidly obese like i was, you have had your ups and downs, yo-yo things and the diets, you have to be mindful of the fact that you need more help than that, and the lap-band is that way. the surgeons is underrated. you have to get the right surgeon. to me, lap-band.com, you can
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find a certified surgeon. people can perform the surgery, but it's the aftercare i think that's critical. and that's what kind of gets you going and kind of what changed your life. teaches you how to eat right and things, the signs, you recognize the signs, that's enough, slowdown, all that type of stuff. that's what it has. this thing altered the way i live, the way i eat and everything else. and i think that the right surgeon is key. >> congratulations to you. >> thank you very much. >> great to have you. you have a heck of a summer in front of with you five quarterbacks. i hope it works out for you. >> it will. it turns out the boston marathon was not the original target of the tsavraev brothers. what they had originally planned and why they changed course. wildfires burning out of control in southern california. hundreds of homes in harm's way. a live report from the fire line coming up. you're watching "starting point." [ female announcer ] feel like you're growing older... waiting to look younger?
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good morning. i'm john berman. >> and i'm christine romans. >> disturbing new developments in the boston bombing investigation. the suspects allegedly had another plot in mind. a suicide attack on a national holiday. what we're now learning, live from boston. wildfires burning across southern california have forced hundreds from their homes. a highlyside engulfed in flames being look at that picture. fire tighters desperately trying to put this out. we will have a live report. and the april jobs report expected in 30 minutes after march's disappointing numbers.
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what can we expect? a first for the fbi. a woman added to the most-wanted terrorist list. we are live from cuba with the details in a moment. it is friday, may 3rd. "starting point" begins right now. major new developments this the boston marathon terror investigation. cnn has learned the bombs detonated by the tsavraev brothers were built in t tamerlan's apartment, and the boston marathon was not the original target. tamerlan tsavraev's body claimed by his uncle and sisters who plan an independent autopsy. new controversy about where the body should be covered. jason carroll is live in cambridge, massachusetts. >> let's start with new information, christina,
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investigators learned about the information during an interview with tsavraev. tsavraev told him that he and his brothers built the bomb here at this apartment building and the original plan was for both of the brothers to detonate those bombs on independence day. a u.s. law enforcement official tells cnn that the tsavraev brothers initially considered a suicide attack during a 4th of july celebration, when boston charles river's esplanade is packed with spectators. all of this according to dzhokhar, that they moved up the date to the boston marathon because the bombs were ready sooner than expected. bombs tsavraev said built in the very home his older brother tamerlan shared with his wife and child. late thursday, a van believed to be carrying tamerlan's body transferred it to a funeral home outside boston. all this as investigators
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continue to focus on his widow. katherine russell. yet it is unclear, what, if anything, russell may have known or suspected. russell's attorney says she continues to cooperate with authorities. and authorities also have more questions for dzhokhar tsavraev's three friends from the university of massachusetts dartmouth. now facing charges of obstructing justice and lying to authorities. one of whom led authorities to czar evidence's laptop, which could provide more clues. and as the investigation continues, so too does the recovery for victims. like mark who lost a leg in the bombing. the other leg, shatter ed. >> i thought i was dead. i thought it was over. >> reporter: he draws strength every day from a photo of his 5-year-old son. >> stick me with another needle. cut me, and whatever they change the band-aid. looking at that picture, that's what got me through it.
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>> reporter: christine, in addition to learning more about the bombing, we are hearing more about tamerlan czar evidence's body will be buried. many in the community have expressed concern about him being buried here. an uncle claimed the body last night. his family wants an independence autopsy to be performed first. we're hearing from a spokesperson in russia that they want his body buried in boston. christine. >> thank you, jason. another story, flames cascading down the mountain as a massive wildfire burns out of control. already scorched 8,000 acres, smoke and flames threatening 2,000 homes and community forcing evacuations. it appears crews will not get any immediate help from the weather. stephanie elam live in ventura
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county. good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: good morning, john. i can tell you within the last hour or so winds have started to kick up again. just above us, the fill above us, the fire has crested over the mountain and we're keeping our eyes on it obviously all sorts of embers flying around. the problem, this is not the only fire burning in california and that is taxing all kinds of people who are trying to make sure these fires get out. high winds, soaring temperatures and dry brush are giving california fire season an early start. wildfires across the state are turning toward home, keeping hundreds of firefighters busy and residents on edge. >> stay until i know that my house is still here. >> our dogs are save and get through this. >> reporter: fires started in
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four southern california counties. two fires contained quickly. >> when we stepped up several weeks ago, got air tankers in, hired firefighters, will this be what the arrest of the year will be like, will we wear people out? that's the big question. >> reporter: the summit fire, burning 25 miles west of palm springs, a blaze in ventura county began to spread quickly on 25-mile-per-hour winds. erupting between the 101 freeway and the pacific ocean north of malibu, the so-called spring fire charred 6,500 acres in five hours. now we're getting hot, long days, winds, and low humidities and the stuff is ripe and ready to burn. >> reporter: the number of active fires, including three burning in northern california that is making the outbreak unusual. >> we don't usually see this activity until august, september. >> reporter: one man dealing with immeasurable loss. his mother, who bought this home in 1973, passed away one month
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ago. >> thank god i wasn't in the house when it happened. thank god i was able to get my dog out, and my mom was watching over me. and so there is the neighbors that are around. >> reporter: that fire that took his home is 55% contained. and it bushed about 3,000 acres. here where i am, 140 miles in a wain ventura county, how quickly they are responding. reports of a little grass fire a few miles away. got on it very quickly. it is out. not taking any chances. as you can see, with these winds, fire can spread very quickly. >> it sure can. tough conditions ahead today, stephanie elam for us in california, thank you so much. >> the fires that stephanie reported, fueled by dry, hot temperatures, dusty winds. will there be more today. jennifer delgado, what are they up against? >> winds picking up. stephanie said we'll see winds in the morning hours.
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up to 35 miles per hour. some of the mountains, up to 45. pink, that is the red-flag warning area, and that's part of southern california. time the winds, 8:00 a.m., gusts up to 24 as well as 29, as we go through the morning, that's when we'll start to see some improvement, especially by noon to 1:00, start the clock, gusts drop down to single digits. keep in mind it doesn't trigger mu much to start those fires. big-time flooding across parts of florida. ft. lauderdale video. look at people driving through flooded streets. this is what's happening, the reality, what will happen throughout the weekend. but it's not just florida. we'll see that setting up for parts of the midwest as we take to you the graphic. jacksonville, florida, dealing with showers and thunderstorms, heavy rainfall. and across parts of the midwest,
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same storm that brought the snow that will bring 2 to 4 inches of snowfall for the midwest. the next 48 hours, the heaviest showers, 10 to 13 inches possible and for the midwest, 2 to 4, and keep in mind, kentucky derby on saturday and a big race in alabama on sunday as well. and it looks like rain in talladega. >> rain in talladega. >> they don't like that. >> thanks so much. breaking news. an american military refueling plane has crashed in a mountainous region of kyrgy sfwlnch stan. more details as they come. and a pentagon report to congress. the annual reports says the north correspokorea's advances
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called it one of the biggest threats to the u.s. because of its willingness to undertake provocative behavior. president obama throwing his support to the fda to allow over the counter abortion pill to girls 15 years or older. the fda appealed a federal judge's order to make the emergency contra september you have available with no age restringses. a california man accused of raping women that he mitt through christian mingle.com will have a preliminary hearing. a judge will make a decision. one of banks' accusers testified yesterday he attacked her within ten minutes of visiting her home in november. a second woman claimed she was raped by banks on a third date in 2009. a minnesota lawman is lucky to be alive after getting shot in the face while scouting a
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spot to go turkey hunting. he was shot at close range by another turkey hunter. survived but has more than 50 scars across his face, neck, and chest. >> screamed something to the effect of you just shot me! and a lot of things are going through your mind. you think you are going to die. >> after getting shot, he drove his truck to a nearby farm where paramedics found him and rushed him to the hospital. an investigation is under way. the 27-year-old man who shot kusik may face criminal charges. rocker jon bon jovi joining new jersey governor chris christie as he signs the overdose protection law. bon jovi's daughter reportedly overdosed on heroin in her new york dorm last year. misdemeanor charges were dropped because of a similar protection law in new york. ahead on "starting point," 40 years after a state trooper
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was murdered, the woman who did it is on the fbi most wanted terror list. the first woman to make that list. live to cuba after the break, where she's believed to be hiding. and the big april jobs report. are companies hiring? more importantly, where are companies hiring? this report will show specifically where job growth is. you're watching "starting point." .. as soon as i met fiona and i was describing the problem we were having with our rear brakes, she immediately triaged the situation, knew exactly what was wrong with it, the car was diagnosed properly, it was fixed correctly i have confidence knowing that if i take to ford it's going to be done correctly with the right parts and the right people. get a free brake inspection and brake pads installed for just 49.95 after rebates when you use the ford service credit card. did you tell him to say all of that? no, he's right though... we got this, right? dry cleaning done. gift for your aunt... done. today, we're gonna be talking about your body after baby. yep. we're done.
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for the first time ever, a woman is on the fbi's most-wanted terrorist list. 65-year-old joanne chesimard. known as assata shakur was accused in 1973 for murdering a state trooper. she escaped from prison in 1979 and has been living in cuba since 1984. we have more from havana. good morning, patrick. >> reporter: good morning. a few million dollars is a lot.
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an unimaginable fortune in cuba, but don't expect shakur to be turned over. people met with over the years, they don't live very happy lives here, thought they were coming to a revolutionary paradise and are frankly disappointed, want to go back to the united states, but many are accused of violent crimes and face really long jail sentences, shakur is so high profile, the cuban government has allowed her to speak to university groups, allowed her to publish biographies, some media interviews over the year. a star in terms of when it comes to fugitives. she is wanted for horrible crimes back in the united states, but it comes at the same time that the u.s. is putting pressure on cuba to return some of its people. cuba desperately wants the list of countries that sponsor state
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terrorism and the message from the united states, as long as you harbor people like shakur, that won't happen. >> you have spoken to her in the past. you say it's an unimaginable amount of money, $2 million in reward money in cuba, can she be brought back to justice in the u.s.? >> reporter: not without the cuban government deciding hand her over. and, of course, when she came here in the 1980s, a somewhat different political climate. the cold war was raging and cuba did allow people who were involved with violent leftist groups to come here, and much of the fact that she's on the terrorism list, there are a lot of people on the united states that committed terrorist acts in cuba, they would like brought back, but when i met with joanne chesimard, she really believes the united states is a country she was trying to bring down, called it a racist police state. she wasn't hiding or afraid.
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seemed very comfortable and assured when i met with her that she wouldn't be sent back any time soon. she's sort of a bargaining trip. u.s. wants to get her back, they have to give something to cuba, and doesn't seem like that will happen. she will be here safe as she has been for the last 20 years. >> she thought she was waging war against a racist police state. you talked to her more than an hour, she didn't say she was remorseful for killing an american? >> no remorse whatsoever. she never admitted to the violence, but she justifies that she says to the fbi was trying to ass nature her and that she was waging war, and so bank has to be robbed, people had to be killed, innocent bystanders got killed, the very radical groups she was fighting with, that was part of their war. she certainly hasn't tempered her views and she certainly didn't feel any remorse for the crimes she committed.
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>> thank you. ahead on "starting point," lindsay lohan in trouble. more trouble for the already troubled starlet. >> how many times have you said that on tv? >> we just put it on a loop. this time, find her in jail again. what is trending. coming up next.
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big music stories presenteding. slayer guitar's jeff hannaman died thursday of liver failure in southern california. he was recovering from a flesh eating virus caused by a spider
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bite. 49 years old. >> the rolling stones kick off their 50 and counting tour at the staples center in los angeles. nick taylor will join his old mates on this tour. but get this. the show is not sold out yet. >> that's the first time they haven't sold out a show. >> why? some say it's because tickets are priced between $250 and $600. that's expensive. a limited number of $85 tickets were offered this week. those were quickly snapped up by eager fans. $250 to $600 yikes! >> a little progress for a very little robot. harvard university announcing a minor break through for the on bo beast. the dime-sized robot has successfully completed its first controlled flight. a way to go before it can fly on its own. it's tethered for power and
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control. lindsay lohan could be in trouble with the law again. we just said it, again. the troubled actress was supposed to start nine days in lockdown rehab, but the facility apparently did not meet her standards, she stormed out after a few hours. michael, her father, said "she was not happy with the place." she faces arrest. rehab was an alternative to a three-month jail term and a probation violation back in march. you know, what can you say at this point? >> i'm speechless. i mean, she is doing this as an alternative to jail. can she stand jail? >> she did not like the rehab. not an option in? th this case. just minutes away from the jobs report for april. are we in for more bad news? that report live. a billboard for a flooring and carpet company, well, it's throwing up some controversy. i wonder why.
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welcome back to "starting point." i'm john berman with christine romans. less than two minutes away from the big april jobs report. coming up, christine romans here monitoring that. when it breaks in less than two minutes. what are we expecting? >> 140,000 jobs is what we're expecting. not enough to bring down the unemployment rate, which is expected to stay at 7.6%. what i'm looking for specifically in here, government jobs lost or created. private sector, how sustainable does that trend look? you have seen over the past three years, john, something called the spring spoon. strength in january and february and it starts to peter out in the middle of the spring and
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kind of into the summer. that happened now, the third year in a row if it sticks. jobless claims at a five-year low. that's great. layoffs are slowing, but we ven't seen companies really kick in the hiring a lot. it's been leisure and hospitality, health care, professional business services, not enough to meaningfully lower the unemployment rate. >> less than one mind toute to . last month, disappekiss disappo numbers. >> you can see the slow down over the past couple of months. the unemployment rate has been sliding down since really 2009, but over the past year as well. but, you know what will be the next? it feels like blah in the labor market right now. companies talk about new health care laws, companies talking about the sequester, uncertainty in washington and they really haven't had robust demand.
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been able to still make money. without adding a lot of workers, as long as they can do that, that's good news. >> i want to bring in grover norquist, the head for americans for tax reform and kenneth behr, he is currently the managing director of the harvard group. kenneth, we'll start with you complete this sentence for me. the current jobs environment is x? >> i would think you said it right. blah. it seems like right now we're kind of treading water and doing so, not because of any macro factors in the global economy. we're doing it because of self-inflicted wounds from washington, specifically the effect of sequestration that will affect right now. we'll feel that right now. >> grover, is it blah, the current jobs environment is blank? >> lousy compared to every other recovery in the history of this
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country. fiscal or otherwise. >> 7.5% is the unemployment rate. 165,000 jobs created. a stronger than expected labor market report. government hiring down 11,000. so that is as expected. have you seen the government pulling in, but we have the private sector growing more than we thought. i will jump back on. see what sectors are growing. stronger than expected labor market and february revised up. that's important to note. we were worried about the slowdown, let me get back. >> the current job's environment is blah. at first reading, a little better than we expected. the number 165,000. and unemployment rate down a little bit. why do you think? >> well, you know, listen, these numbers could go either way plus or minus 90,000. take them with a grain of salt.
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i had take the better numbers than expected. really encouraging. american people are working hard. the recovery is under way. and we're in a much better place than we were four years ago or two years ago and that's all a good sign. but imagine where it would be. if we didn't have the self-inflicted wounds. a grand bargain, balanced bipartisan reduction bill. put these -- that issue behind us, focus on really rejuvenating job creation, we know the potential is there, and what's frustrating is that we're not doing it because of what's happening in washington. >> ken, sit tight. christine with more information. >> the headline, it's a stronger than expected report. >> 55,000 jobs created. >> 7.5% unemployment. part-time worker increase. people working part time, want to be working full time. that's not good. we saw discouraged workers and all of the job increases looks like from the service sector for
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the most part. where we want to be with the service sector jobs creation, it's not the kind of job you can send a kid to college on. not to diminish any job in america, but the trend we've seen are the jobs coming back are jobs that pay less. motor vehicle parts production, one area that could be good paying jobs, those saw increases. those manufacturing jobs that saw an increase. the headline, 165,000 jobs created. february and march jobs more than we expected. some of the hottest sectors over the past year. hot is a relative term i should say. professional services, health care, leisure, retail, and temp help up over 30,000. that shows companies are maybe getting more orders, but not confident enough to put in a full-time worker. >> this is lousy compared to every other recovery seen at this point. again, 165,000 jobs created. that's the headline. unemployment down to 7.5%.
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another big number here. movement in a positive direction right now. you may not be 100% satisfied. but can you deny we're headed in the right direction? >> when you said it's more than you expected from obama's economy, yes, it's half of what the regan recovery was giving us. these are lousy numbers compared to what real economic growth looks like historically in this country. why? well, obama care dramatically increases the cost of hiring new people, makes that much more difficult, talk to small business men and women who don't want more than 50 people working with them, because of the obama regulations that hit with that, and the idea that what we need to do is get back to the stimulus, stimulus is what got us 5 trillion in debt and nothing to show for it. this unemployment rate is about what it was when obama walked in the door at the white house. not looking at progress here. the idea, if the government spends money everybody gets rich, we tried that.
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we didn't have recovery summer. >> let me let ken respond to that. >> we shouldn't be arguing about the past. but i think if you compare how the u.s. economy is doing vicea ve vis a vis the british recovery. we really got out of the deep recession and got us in a positive direction. right now, though, what we're looking at is, yes, there are good signs here, part-time workers, good sign, and businesses are trying to add capacity. but, you know, the sense that washington is broken and if -- you know, the problem is the president put forth a balanced plan to get our fiscal situation on better ground. train the workers to create good manufacturing jobs and republicans have not done anything on congress on it. a self-inflicted wound. like breaking your pencil right
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before you go take the big exam. it doesn't make any sense. >> let's go back to christine. what are we hearing? >> futures moving higher. and retail hiring in there as well. i told you, a lot of those were service sector jobs. we want to be careful of the quality of shows jobs. average hourly earnings up. people getting more in the paycheck. something called the real unemployment rate, u-6 or real unemployment rate. 13.9%. people unemployed who would like to be working full time but working part time. that number slightly better, but you want to see that number is a real problem for the economy. and arguing about the politics, something that's interesting, for most people, you can't control the politics. are you a job market of one. and what is really clear, seven available workers for each available job. now three available workers for each available job.
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you have to beat out two other people on average. you don't have to beat out six, so that's a slight improvement, slight feeling and that's where we are. >> 165,000 jobs created last month, the unemployment rate down to 7.5%. i want to thank grover norqu ke with. is this good news or bad news for the president? jessica yellin is traveling with the president in mexico. what are the political ramifications of this? >> reporter: good morning, john, good morning, christine. this is cheery news for the white house, although i would expect as soon as the white house puts out its reaction it will be a measured one. they are always very careful not to overstate enthusiasm, even when they go down, it's positive news like this there are still 12 million people full-time unemployed, and the president always wants it to improve.
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on the positive note, though, something in here for both sides to crow about. the president will point out no doubt, there is still -- this shows the economy is on an upward trend. traction, and private sector growth. the argument that the private sector is growing and if people would invest more, take more money off the sidelines it would improve. the problem is largely in the government's -- in the government lately and government hiring, but the problem, he'll point out also no doubt is that what ken baer was saying earlier, sequester. the big headline, if sequester weren't there, it would be even better. now, republicans will take an opposite approach no doubt. look, the economy is growing because of sequester. people are investing more, because with sequester, they know the government is reining in spending and private sector feels better putting money into the economy.
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the ohl politics of this, christine could take issue with everything i just said. >> really? >> but in terms of politics, there is an argument each side could make that has nothing to do with the facts, just to do with good sound bites. >> are you right. >> the republicans will take issue and say because of the sequester that's good for the economy overall, but they will say obama care is bad, will hold back jobs growth. a talking point from republicans on the jobs front. one thing, you guys. unemployment is the lowest since 2008, so that's something that the white house clearly can point out. also, february and march numbers, the february jobs gain was revised to 332,000. >> that's a huge number. >> a big number. that shows you at the beginning of the year, companies -- private sector companies had to do hiring. they were holding back had to do hiring.
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march, 138,000. that bad -- >> not nearly as crummy. >> not nearly as crummy as we thought. that is the unemployment rate over the past year. we go back further, the lowest since 2008. not that 2008 wasn't great. that shows improvement there. >> jessica yellin, traveling with the president to mexico city. an update on the boston marathon terror investigation. law enforcement source tells cnn that the 4th of july was the original target date for the attack. 4th of july, not patriots day. the date moved up to april, the iconic boston marathon, because the bombs were ready earlier than expected. we've also learned bombs were allegedly built by the brothers in tamerlan tsavraev's apartment where he lived with his wife and child and tsavraev's body has been claimed by his uncle and sisters who plan an independent autopsy. and big hats and big crowds at the kentucky derby. this year's race will also
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feature a big increase in security. our pamela brown is in louisville this morning. good morning, pamela. >> well, good morning to you, christine this is the 139th kentucky derby. officials have had a lot of years dealing with big crowds and security. especially after 9/11. security was tightened after that, and now in the wake of the boston bombings, officials have been scrambling, putting more security measures into place. they want to make sure the only headline coming out of this year's run for the roses is who wins. it's one of horse racing's biggest events, first of the tripl triple crown races. a place to see and be seen. but this year it's happening just weeks after the boston bombing. security at kentucky downs, understandably tightened. >> we were on the phobe immediately with law enforcement
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partners. we had to move pretty quickly. if we were going to make changes if changes were warranted, we had to get word out quickly. >> reporter: changes were made. in addition to the ban on backpacks since 9/11, new security restrictions include no camcord camcorders, cans or cooler of any size. women with purses larger than 12 inches need to leave them home for the big races. the estimated 160,000 people going through the gates can have more thorough bag inspections and band searches. >> we hope nobody that gets to the gate will be surprised by what they can't bring in. >> reporter: and officers will be out in force. major kelly jones says they are relying on alert spectators to report anything suspicious. >> we have learned that folks have to be vigilant.
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we have to be vigilant. people have to be the eyes and ears of this community. >> reporter: that message seems to question getting through. >> if i see something, i am going to say something. probably more so now than ever before. >> reporter: for others, it's still all about the derby. >> this is an event that everybody wants to experience, that they look forward to every year and to come out and have a good time, the fashion, the mint juleps, i don't think it will affected at all. >> reporter: today is the oaks here at churchill downs, the big race leading up to the derby tomorrow. a trial run for new security measures, back to you. >> pamela brown, thanks, pamela. newtown, connecticut, could decide tonight if it will replace sandy hook elementary school, the site of december's mass shooting. a task force is weighing options, looking into local sites to build a new school. also under consideration, stayingty current site, either
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demolishing the school or reconfiguring it. three daughters praying for a miracle. their father refereeing a soccer game, when a player reportedly angry about a call, punched him in the head. soon after, regardo port i willo was vomiting up blood, slipped into a coma, and is now on a ventilator. >> i know he didn't -- he doesn't want to leave us. >> it's not fair. we're all there to have fun. not to go and kill each other. >> it's not fair. an awful story. a message for the 17-year-old that attacked her father. >> he needs to spend time in jail like forever. it's not enough. they are not going to bring my daddy back. >> the teen tried to flee but was later arrested and is in juvenile detention. >> wow. okay. anti bacterial soap do more harm than good? the food and drug administration wants to know for sure.
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they will look defecttiveness of triclosan. it's the anti bacterial ingredie ingredient. both lawmakers and scientists have discussed the safety of the chemical. does this billboard go too far? those two little words, causing a big stir in southeastern connecticut. some define it as a creative advertising for the flooring and carpet company witty, others not so much. >> whoever came up with the marketing strategy has no class. we're letting our youth know it's okay to, you know, live like that. >> people these days get so uptight about the smallest things, to me it's like cool. >> the company valley flooring is hoping that area residents are thinking the billboard is cool. we reached out to them, hoping they would explain the ad. doesn't really take much explanation. so far, no response. >> i used to be a copy editor.
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"cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. happening now in the "newsroom," breaking overnight, california inferno. walls of flames, burning through the l.a. area. >> stay until i know that our house is still here. >> as long as our families and dogs are safe, we can get through this. >> reporter: july 4th attack. boston bomber suspect telling investigators they initially planned an independence day attack in downtown boston. plu plus, reese under arrest. >> are you about to find out who i am. >> the family of the woman missing for 11 years talks to cnn. >> i hope to eventually forgive her one day.